Well, its been a while! Not really been anywhere either in Bangkok or further afield so nowt to report.
It is now the hot season here and Thai new year (Song Kran). My daughter completed her PADI open water last year and really wanted to dive again. That, and given that is as hot as a furnace in Hell at this time of year in Thailand meant we decided we would head to an island for a bit of R&R (I remember when it was I&I, but hey ho!).
We didn't want a busy noisy place so looked for one of the quieter islands... Koh Mak.
It's a 40 minute flight from Bangkok to Trat and then another 40 minutes on a boat out to the island. Rolling up to your hotel's door in a boat is quite cool. Literally, one walks off the pier into the lobby!
I have to say at the outset that I don't really 'do' beach holidays. Give me a morning of lounging on a beach and jumping through waves and I'm as happy as the next person. Any longer and I get bored stupid. I like sitting around reading but a beach is not a comfy place to do it.
We wanted quiet but the reviews we had read said there was wildlife to and hills to explore on the islands interior. Not really, just a lot of plantations and scrubby jungle. However, my real bug bear was the state of the beaches. They were just covered in junk: Bottles, cigarette lighters, plastic bags, polystyrene and all sorts of other non bio-degrading clart.
If you want to market yourself as an paradise island in the sun then you have to make sure that said island is not full of washed up crap. Thailand is awful for its use of unnecessary plastic. If you buy a drink from 7-11 you get it in a plastic container. with a plastic straw and in a plastic bag even when it is the only thing you have bought. How is it easier to carry in a bag than just in your hand. Its a cup FFS. Its meant to be held in your hand. Go to a supermarket and the same thing happens individual items get put into their own plastic bag.
On the plus side I did have quite a nice time snorkeling while the girl-child did her diving thing.
Still there were some nice sunsets!
...and, in general, the views out to sea were quite nice.
... and finally, a pretty white flower that I liked.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.